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Title: Impersonal "Si" Constructions
Subtitle: Agreement and Interpretation
Written By: Roberta A. G. D'Alessandro
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar [SGG] 90

This book is a research monograph on impersonal 'si' constructions (ISC) in
Italian within the Minimalist program framework. The book offers a new
point of view on ISCs, providing a new set of crucial data that were
previously unknown, and pointing out many characteristics of ISCs that were
overlooked before. It results in the introduction of additional means of
syntactic analysis at the edge between narrow syntax and pragmatics.

From the Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction
1. Introduction
2. Types of si
3. Theoretical Assumptions
4. Syntactic and semantic agreement

Chapter 2: Agreement patterns of transitive ISCs
1. Introduction
2. Transitive ISCs
3. Translating Aktionsart into syntax: inner aspect
4. Conclusions

Chapter 3: The person restriction in transitive ISCs
1. Introduction
2. The person restriction on Nominitive objects: where and when
3. Specialized v or Structural Constraint?
4. The person restriction on ISCs: a multiple-Agree analysis
5. Icelandic quirky dative constructions
6. No restriction: Italian psych and ISCs without V-O agreement
7. Conclusions

Chapter 4: The inclusive interpretation of impersonal si
1. Introduction
2. Interpretational variation for impersonal si constructions
3. Specific time reference, aspectual specification and inclusiveness
4. Aspect and boundedness
5. Generic vs. inclusive reading in ISCs
6. Conclusions

Chapter 5: Past participle agreement in impersonal si constructions
1. Past participle agreement in ISCs
2. The unaccusative-unergative puzzle
3. Other cases of agreement mismatch
4. Conclusions

Chapter 6: Conclusions
1. Summary
2. Final remarks

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Italian General Linguistics, especially Syntax and Semantics

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Italian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110189674
ISBN-13: 9783110189674
Pages: 243
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